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Former Irish President awarded medal for work on food security and climate justice

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has been award the Kew International Medal for work on food security and climate justice
Marie Louise McConville

FORMER Irish President Mary Robinson has been award the Kew International Medal for work on food security and climate justice.

Mrs Robinson, who was president between 1990 and 1997, will be officially presented with the medal by the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew in London on March 26 next year

Richard Deverell, Director of RBG Kew, described Mrs Robinson as a "charismatic and influential leader of our times".

"With this award we want to acknowledge the integral work Mary has done to advocate the pressing issue of food security, and to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on our planet".

Mrs Robinson said being awarded the medal was a "great honour".

"The invaluable scientific work that RBG Kew does globally is helping to conserve and sustain the plants and crops that matter to supporting local communities for a sustainable future. We will only succeed in securing climate justice if we stay true to the science. We desperately need fact-based, evidence-based science to determine the global policy agenda".

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